Sunday, April 30, 2006

Taking It To The Streets

After the great weather we had all week, I still didn't believe the forecasts for rain on Saturday. I was meeting Steven for a ride at 7:30am and when I left for his house there wasn't any rain or clouds to speak of. The plan was for us to take the tri-bikes if the weather cooperated. We rolled out a bit after 7:30 and were greeted with some wind (not a good sign for the trip home since it was still pretty early to be getting such wind).

The ride ended up being great......beautiful weather, nice mix of HILLS and flats. I was testing a forward seatpost on my bike and all signs seem to indicate that it will make a positive difference. My top-tube on the bike always felt a tad long so this eliminated that issue. My legs felt ok, still not 100% running but easier to fake it on the bike I think. In the middle of our ride we even had a celebrity sighting. Steven was in the middle of telling me about how we would ride right by the home of the family featured in "Little People, Big World", when we happened to ride right by Zach (one of the kids)....their house / farm was next.

Overall the ride went well...just a minor bobble at the end when we were maybe 20 minutes from Steven's house, I felt a bonk coming on so had to juggle riding with trying to get some calories via a gel pack. My fault, as I should have been more aware of how many calories I was ingesting. We had a pretty solid ride.....seemed like we put in a fair bit of climbing and we were always pushing 20++ mph on the flats so definitely not cruising. Our pedestrian average speed is a testament to the amount of climbing we did. As we finished up the ride, the clouds started rolling in big time. Steven was planning on doing his typical brick run but due to the semi-bonk at the end of the ride and my less then stellar running lately, I graciously bowed out of joining him for the session. I use that term loosely as well because it would have been about a minute of "joining him" before I would have watched him disappear down the road! ;-)

Bike Stats (My odo stats varied from Steven's computer slightly)
76.5 Miles
17.1 MPH Ave
4.5Hrs

Later in the day, I was sitting in a Borders reading some magazines and enjoying a non-fat mocha while watching it rain pretty hard. It definitely put a smile on my face.....like we cheated the weather that day. The early bird definitely catches the worm.

Today was a pretty lazy day. I did put in a run but didn't push the distance or intensity. I figure i'll keep it at the maintenance level until the legs come around.

Run Stats
56 Minutes Total
7 Miles
160 Ave HR

Have a great week!

*peace*

9 Comments:

Blogger Habeela said...

Seems it's the weekend of celebrity sightings. I "ran into" Thomas Cavanagh (from the TV show Ed) at the movie theatre last night.

On a separate note...pedestrian?! I have never biked over 20 mph unless I was cruising down a hill but I don't consider myself to be pedestrian. Oh well. Bygones. Sounds like a great ride except for the whole bonking part at the end.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Steven said...

It was a great ride, Mike. Let's do it again. Next time we'll go on the hilly route. ;)

And you should have said something about needing some calories! I would have given you the 2nd half of my pb&j that I didn't eat since you gave me some poweder-calories for my water bottle.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

Sounds like you guys did quite the workout!
Love that word "bobble"--new one for me--gonna try to use it this week!
I answered your garmin question on my blog--in the comments.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Love2Run said...

Lazy day? 76 miles on the bike and 7 run! My legs would be tired too... Recovery is in the eye of the beholder.

4:50 PM  
Blogger IMmike said...

Glad your getting out on the bike mike. And your legs can't be feeling that bad if your running that pace at 160 bpm.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Nice ride. Heh, I've watched that show a couple of times.

8:08 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Great ride Mike. I cannot handle much more than an hour on a bike at the gym so I am always in awe of these long rides.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

That's so cool, i'm watching that show right now..."Little people" that is...you live in a beautiful part of the country don't you!!

4:55 PM  
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